The Austin Chronicle

Holiday in Town

By Erica C. Barnett, May 26, 2000, Features

McCallum House

613 W. 32nd, 78705

First, a regretful caveat: The McCallum House, which has for years been frequented by academics, researchers, and parents visiting UT students, will no longer be open for short-term stays. Instead, its owners, Nancy and Roger Danley, have decided to rent out their extensive accommodations -- which include an apartment, one loft-style suite with a sitting room and kitchen, and three bedrooms with attached private baths -- as weekly or monthly lodging.

The change is the latest chapter in the house's long history, which began when the home was built in 1907 by suffragist leader Jane McCallum, who lived there for more than 50 years. She designed the house herself while expecting her fifth child with her husband, A.N. McCallum. After women got the vote in 1920, McCallum went on to serve as secretary of state under governor Dan Moody; later, she held the same job again under governor Ross Sterling, making her the only person ever to serve two governors in that office.

The McCallum house was purchased by the Danleys in 1981 and converted to a bed & breakfast in 1983, making it one of Austin's oldest bed & breakfasts in operation. The bedrooms, which have been decorated by the Danleys and furnished with period antiques, all include a kitchen or mini kitchen and a private porch or veranda that looks out over the historic West Campus neighborhood. Jane's Loft, a spectacular third-floor efficiency named for the home's designer, has the best view in the house; it features a pitched roof, glass doors which open out onto the large deck, and a spacious sitting area. The garden apartment, a two-story structure separate from the main house, has a whirlpool tub, private deck, and one queen and two twin beds.


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